Shute: "It Felt Like Home"

NC State offensive line commitment Eric Shute talks about his recent official visit and senior season.

There were offers from Nebraska, Illinois, Virginia Tech and Arkansas, nearly a dozen total, but Glen Ellyn (IL) Glenbard West offensive line Eric Shute knew early on where he wanted to continue his football career.

An early visit to NC State sold him on the Wolfpack coaching staff and program and Shute decided there was no need to drag the process out. Last June he committed to the Pack which allowed him to focus on his final year of high school football.

"That was the main thing in my decision in committing early," said Shute. "I knew where I wanted to go and where I fit best and it was NC State so there was no point to keep waiting."

Shute has played all over the Glenbard offensive line and that was again the case in 2013. While they didn't end the season with a state title, Shute said he was happy with the outcome.

"We were 11-2 this year and lost in the semifinals so I can't say I'm disappointed but it would've been nice to win a championship two years in a row.

"I played pretty much the same (positions) as last year. I went from tackle to guard depending on the play and where the plan of attack needed to be- both the left and right side. I guess I was pretty versatile in that sense."

Shute added that NC State plans to utilize that versatility as well once he arrives in Raleigh.

"Right now, coach Uremovich is thinking about putting me at tackle and if I don't make it there, I'll be learning two positions- either guard and tackle or center and guard."

Although Shute had a prior relationship with another Wolfpack position coach, it was offensive line coach Mike Uremovich that has headed up State's recruiting efforts.

"I knew coach Nielsen when he was at Northern Illinois because I used to play defensive line in my early years of high school. But it's basically been coach Uremovich recruiting me now.

"We've built a great relationship. We talk about every week on the phone and he's come out to visit me plenty of times which is pretty cool. His coaching style, he just seems like a pretty to-the-point guy and as long as you're giving the effort you're supposed to be giving, you really have nothing to worry about."

Shute made his official visit to State back in December and the trip just helped to reenforce his decision to run with the Pack.

"Just being with the players in the dorms and stuff and how everyday life will be there was really fun. All the food was great. I just can't wait to get up there."

NC State isn't right around the corner from Chicago so what sold Shute on the Wolfpack?

"It felt like home. The coaches, the guys from around my area and the guys not from around Chicago, they were all great guys with big hearts and they all want to win."

Despite his commitment to NC State, Shute still had to entertain interest from schools trying to change his mind. Those attempts have been a waste of time, however.  

"There were some letters and messages on Facebook from different schools but basically I just didn't respond because there was no need."

Shute is rated a three-star prospect and the No. 41 offensive guard in the nation by He was named all-state and all-area as senior.

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